Thursday, May 20, 2010

Theresa's Summer Reading List


I take a lot of pride in running my home as efficiently as I can with 3 kids at home plus an in home daycare.  It's my job and like any job I get up, get dressed and attempt to look as put together as possible.  I've gathered a very large stack of books I plan to read this summer though knowing me this may stretch into winter...;P  Most of the books are meant to inspire my thirst for knowledge in homemaking and life.  I chose to be a stay at home mom shortly after Larry and I were married.  I had stints of jobs here and there but I was never as satisfied as when I was at home taking care of my family.  When we decided to get pregnant with Katie I knew that I did not want anyone else raising her.  Keep in mind I am not bad mouthing mommas that choose to have their kids in daycare.  That would be a bit hypocritical considering my line of work.  This decision was easy to make for us.  We did not need two incomes.  Through faith in God and His ability to provide whatever we needed we simply made the cuts of unnecessary "wants" and commited to our goal of parenting.  This doesn't work for everyone but by being at home I am available for my children for encouragement, support and discipline.  I have time to cook from scratch rather than spending money on convenience.  I manage my home like Larry manages his office.  Same titles just different staff, assignments and end results.  I will add to my list of books as a gift to you as well as a reminder for myself to take a little time to digest knowledge so I can grow as a wife, mother and woman.  Enjoy~Theresa

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Repurpose Giveaway

I love finding new ideas to repurpose items in my home.  Last week I made a no sew shopping bag out of an old t-shirt, staples and black duct tape.  Today I used old applesauce and jam jars to organize my crafting notions and also some small snacks in my kitchen.  I like the clear jars because whatever you store in them instantly becomes decorative.  Along the lines of repurposing I am giving away 2 books from my evergrowing library Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock and A Time To Dance by Karen Kingsbury  .

To enter the giveaway you must answer the following question:

What are some of your repurposing ideas?

In your comment list which book you are interested in.  A winner will be announced on May 24th.

I'm looking forward to reading your ideas!  ~Theresa

Monday, May 3, 2010

Simply Amazed

Like most of Tennessee I have been riveted to the TV watching the coverage of the flooding.  How many times have I heard "I can't believe this", "I've never seen anything like this" etc.  It truly is incredible.  The footage shows whole subdivisions submerged in muddy water.  Fish swimming down Gallatin Road?!?!?!  Unreal.  Interstates closed.  Friends stranded on the side of the road because roads are overcome with rushing water.  I expected the Governor to close the downtown State offices so employees could stay at home and avoid the downtown area.  But, he didn't. Employees were advised to use their discretion, to not put themselves in harm's way.  Translation:  stay home if you want but it will cost you your valuable annual leave.  Nice, really nice.  So, my State friends, thinking about you. 

Just in, Mayor Dean says that Nashville residents are being asked to use water for drinking and cooking only because only 1 of 2 water stations are working.  WOW.  Lots of prayers to Tennessee.